Pros Great contrast, easy menu, uber low price
Cons Image shadows on some pictures...
Summary This Panasonic plasma has been the first of this years much anticipated plasma line to hit the sales floor and I have to say Im very impressed. This plasma has a lot of great features, including the best black level Ive seen yet in an HDTV. It FAR surpasses last years 60 and 600 series plasmas in contrast performance. Even the refresh rate is twice as fast as before at 120hz. Panasonic is showing great diversity in their plasma lines this year, however none is without the coveted QAM tuner for receiving digital local channels through your existing cable system. Two (2) HDMI inputs crown this particular plasma set with the ability to process a 1080P signal. Pioneer claimed that last year but failed. On some video feeds (most of which you'll notice in text like credits) sitting off to the side you can look at the picture and still see shadowed images of whats hitting the main piece of glass. Unfortunate that they couldnt cut the glass down to two layers. Bottom line: Fantastic plasma, great price and great features. If you pass over this one for like a Vizio or something like that, you need to rethink some of your decision making abilities.
"Not Bad Overall"on by iwantn2
Pros Contrast at 10,000:1, HMDI 1.3, Finish
Cons Not full 1080p capatible eg. PS3 or Blu Ray or HD DVD will not work well; no Front inputs, no Monitor input, no PIP
Summary CNET did a great job in covering the 42PX77U which is similar to the 42PX75U. Purchased this unit, 75u about a month ago, June 2007, and should have spent more time on research. However, after the purchase, that's when I tend to "experiment" and started reading related topics of interest. There were articles querying the HMDI and what version it was. I did find one article that stated that all 2007 models had the HMDI1.3 which I did confirm with the rep at Panasonic for this unit (grin..somewhat). CNET did point out the issue about the 1080p input and how the unit would play 20 minutes then the picture would disappear and then displays an error has been detected and recovered. I've asked the rep and she confirmed that it will happen since this unit is a 1080i and could not handle 1080p which to me was one of the features that I based my purchasing decision on. FYI- I don't have the luxury to purchase the Blu Ray or HD DVD to test this out yet on my unit) . The HDTV compatibility for this unit listed: 1080p/1080i/720p on the Panasonic's website and its manual. I have considered a possible return as it's misrepresentation and should fall into the 1 year warranty of workmanship. This was a heavy investment!! CNET covered the other lacking items as listed in the Cons section. If Panasonic is reading this, hope you can offer something. E-mail me. Let's see how customer friendly and support they are with their concierge service.
Pros excellent HD picture, nice sleek looking style
Cons had to return after 4 weeks. Unit shut down and would not go back on. Starting to experience same problem with new set. Shut down twice but came back on. Panasonic has known about this problem.
Summary Be careful, panasonic says that they have fixed the problem with units manufactured after July 2007. I'm not convinced, my set was made in Nov 2007. Be sure the place you bought it will let you return set for new if you have a problem. Also, check out other web sites to see the extent of this problem.
Pros Piano black bezel, Simple remote, High build quality
Cons No picture-in-picture.
Summary I'll make this simple - this is a beautiful TV. First thing I noticed was how well the TV was packaged and the ease of assembling the stand. The picture is fantastic from my HD satellite signal via HDMI cable. Sitting 7-8 feet away from this set is perfect.
Pros excellent black levels, color, style and price
Cons falls one HDMI short of the similarly priced Samsung HPT4254
Summary This plasma is a great 720p TV. Color reproduction is excellent with natural, soft colors rather than the overly vibrant reproductions found on some other TVs. The Biggest exception to this is green which is typically the color TVs produce with the highest intensity anyway. While 2 HDMI inputs will do the job for most people a third allows for more connectivity with the increasing number of products using HDMI as the primary mode of signal transfer. Black level and detail in dark areas is superior to most but still not at the level of the Pioneer PDP-4280 plasma. As someone who sells a wide variety of flat panel TVs the Panasonic was my choice for a great value where Blu-ray and HD-DVD are not connected. This TV produces a more accurate imagine than the similarly priced Samsung and while not as nice as the Pioneer mentioned above this is also almost half of the price. For people who have bright lighting situations, the 77 series is nearly identical but with an amazing anti-glare screen.